Calendar (posted 5-1-14)

‘What a Wonderful World’ program

“What a Wonderful World” combines the talents of David Eicholz and Ted Manderfeld in a show featuring beloved musical standards, spirituals and sing-alongs liberally sprinkled with comedy, costumes, and wit.

The What a Wonderful World program will be at the North Branch Area High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. May 1. Doors will open at 6:30 pm.

This concert is free and open to the public; no tickets are necessary. Seating is first come, first served.

‘Let’s Go Fishing’ waffle fundraiser

The North Branch chapter of let’s go fishing, an organization that provides fishing excursions to seniors on a specially-equipped pontoon boat, free of charge, is having a Belgian waffle and silent auction fundraiser at Main Street Church 8-11 a.m. May 3. This is an all-you-can eat breakfast. For more information, call 651-402-5960.

Fifty-five plus driver improvement courses

Driver improvement classes for motorists ages 55 and up are being held at the Rush City High School Media Center the following dates and times:

• 8-hour course: 6-10 p.m. May 5 and 6. Cost: $24. To register, call Carrie at 320-358-4795, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prepaid registration is due by April 30. Limit 30.

• 4-hour refresher course: 6-10 p.m. May 12. Cost: $20.

To register, call Carrie at 320-358-4795, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Prepaid registration is due by April 30. Limit 30.

Upon completion of the courses, drivers are eligible for a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance. There are no written or behind-the-wheel tests.

Employment law seminar

The Chisago County HRA-EDA along with Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development/WorkForce Center is sponsoring an employment law seminar 8 a.m. –noon May 6 at the North Branch Area Library. The seminar is free, but registration is required.

Keeping current on employment law is critical for a business to succeed.  This seminar will address the areas of hiring; wage and hour; employment status and contracts; safety, health and environment; employee termination; Ban The Box; and other legislative updates.

Presenters include:  Luke Greiner, DEED Regional Analyst, and attorneys from Johnson/Turner which who have a strong history of advising clients on many employment law issues.

RSVP by May 5 via email: Kim.Schreur@state.mn.us, or phone: 763-279-4472.

Chisago Co. veterans of WWII program

The monthly meeting of the North Chisago Historical Society is 7 p.m. May 6 at the Rushseba Town Hall.  The society’s program will honor the Chisago County veterans of World War II by featuring several of the veterans who were interviewed by Don Bungum, of Lindstrom, the former superintendent of schools in Chisago Lakes. Bungum has participated in this veterans project authorized by Congress in 2000, and has completed over a hundred interviews that are now on file in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C.  The meeting is open to the public. More information: 320-358-4525.

Medicare information class

A free informational session about Medicare Parts A, B, C and D is planned at East Terrace Cooperative, 2155 6th Ln. SE, Cambridge, 1-3 p.m. May 6. Pre-registration is required; call Frances Nelson at 1-800-333-2433 and leave a message with your name and number.

Ecumen Coffee Talks schedule

Learning keeps aging minds sharp. Take advantage of these free and informative weekly Coffee Talks. Mark your calendar and bring your friends to learn about a variety of topics. Complimentary coffee is provided during the Tuesday sessions from 10-11 a.m. in Ecumen’s Studios of Art at 28210 Old Towne Rd., Chisago City.  Get to know other community members and their passions and specialties as they share their knowledge.  Join Ecumen:

May 6:  Tam’s Travel; what’s new in the travel industry?

May 13: Photography and more; how to take good pictures.

Do you have a passion or specialty you would like to share? For more information or for questions, please Mara Krinke at MaraKrinke@ecumen.org or 651-257-7956.

New to Medicare sessions

Going on Medicare soon or just interested in how it works? There will be information on Medicare given out at these sessions at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, as well as questions answered 10 a.m. to noon on the following dates: May 7, June 4, July 2, August 6.

Aspects of Medicare parts A,B,C and D will be covered as well as information on supplemental insurance to Medicare and how to report Medicare fraud and abuse. There is no cost to these sessions, but Fairview does need participants to register so there the proper amount of materials are available.  Call 1-800-333-2433, ask for Amy Tvedt and leave a message with your name and phone number so we may include you.

NB/RC libraries preschool story times 

Spring preschool story time is already in progress at the North Branch Area Library and the Rush City Public Library. Children ages 3-5 are invited to join volunteer story time leaders Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. at the NB library now through May 7. Children of the same age are invited to the RC library Wednesdays at 2 p.m. now through May 21. There will be no story time April 16 at the RC library. There will be stories, finger plays, flannel boards and more. Call the library at 651-674-8443 for more information.

Harmonica concert

We R Able invites area residents to enjoy supper and a musical performance by harmonica player Dave McKeen 6 p.m. May 8 at North Country Coffee, 38500 Tanger Dr., North Branch. He will play plenty of toe-tapping tunes and old favorites. The meal begins at 5 p.m.

Pre-registrations are needed for meal reservations with We R Able. Besides the cost of the meal, We R Able accepts donations for the concert production costs. It also invites area musicians to contact the organization should they be interested in performing as part of the Arts RX Concert series.  Call 320-358-1220 for more information or to register for the meal.

Annual Salad Luncheon and Boutique

Celebrate spring at the Fairview Lakes Auxiliary’s annual Spring Salad Luncheon and Boutique from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 9 at St. Bridget’s of Sweden Catholic Church in Lindstrom. A wide variety of salads will be served in addition to hot dish, rolls, dessert and beverage for $8. The boutique opens at 10:30 a.m., featuring handcrafted items including purses, aprons, jewelry, kitchen items, cards and more.

Advance tickets are available in the gift shop at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, the Yellow Bus in Forest Lake and the Fairview Clinic in Chisago City. Tickets also can be purchased at the door. The Auxiliary uses proceeds from the annual event to enhance patient care at Fairview Lakes Medical Center and related facilities.

Battle of the Musicians

The North Branch Music Boosters will be hosting Battle of the Musicians at the North Branch High School Auditorium 7:30 p.m. May 9.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top performances selected by the audience.

This is a North Branch Music Booster fundraiser.  Admission is $5 at the door. Come and enjoy the music and vote for your favorite band.

Almelund seniors meeting

Almelund seniors will meet at the Amador Town Hall May 9 for a potluck dinner at noon. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the day of cards and social time.

St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour

The 22nd annual St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour and Sale will welcome visitors May 9, 10, and 11 to seven pottery studios.  Each studio is a short drive from the others, allowing some or all to be visited in a single day.

This springtime, self-guided tour is anticipated by those who enjoy handmade pottery. It is nationally recognized as a gathering of exceptional potters. Always held on Mothers’ Day weekend,  “The Tour” is an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality of local potters in their rural studios. This year, visitors can meet 44 accomplished guest potters from around the nation who have been invited especially for this weekend event.

Fundraiser for Senior Center

An event called Tables around Town, a fundraiser for the Chisago County Senior Center, will include dinner, entertainment and a silent auction May 10. Cocktails will be served at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets ($40 apiece) are available at the Senior Center, 38790 6th St., in North Branch.

NBHS Hall of Fame Awards

The North Branch High School Alumni Association will be honoring this year’s recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame Award during a 7:30 p.m. ceremony at the Chisago County Community Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, May 21.

A reception will start at 6:30 p.m.

The recipients are Thor Bergstralh, class of 1932; John Holum, class of 1946; and Galen Britz, class of 1957.

For further information, contact Sharalyn Olson at 651-674-4512 or Dan Forschler at 651-462-4522.

‘Wink the Other Eye’ concert

East Central Minnesota musicians Ginger Glenn, Dave Gourhan and Dennis Murry will perform at the Chisago County Senior Center, 38790 6th Ave., North Branch, at 2 p.m. May 21 as part of the  Coffee Time Concert Series. They perform as Wink the Other Eye, and will feature a variety of old time tunes on fiddle and guitar. Donations are accepted.

For more information on the We R Able, find them on Facebook or call 320-358-1220.

Softball program 

Summer is a time for making your way to the ballpark, hitting a few softballs, and running around the bases. We R Able organizes a 6-week session for summer softball on Thursdays, May 22 to June 26, at the Lent Town Hall. The games run 4-6 p.m. at 33155 Hemingway Ave., Stacy.  In case of rainy weather, players adjourn indoors for some games of bingo. We R Able provides programs for adults with disabilities in a four-school district area:  Pine City, Rush City, North Branch, and Chisago Lakes.  All programs are accessible and open to the general public.  For more information visit the Facebook page. Pre-register with We R Able by calling 320-358-1220.

Eight-hour 55-plus driver improvement course

An 8-hour course for drivers 55-plus is being held at the Linwood Senior Center,

22817 Typo Creek Drive NE, Stacy, 4-8 p.m. May 27 and 28. Cost is $12.

Call to register 651-462-5565.

Motorists who complete this course are eligible for a 10 percent reduction on their auto insurance.

Help with home projects

Do you or someone you know need help with projects around the house? These projects could include small remodeling projects, a wheel chair ramp, painting, clean up or other endeavors. Do you have limitations that are stopping you from getting these needed things done? Time? Finances? Disability? Bridge of Grace Church may be able to help you.

The church is hosting teams of eager workers the week of June 8-14 who can help people with such projects through Hands of Hope. The teams will provide the labor needed to get projects done, and the church may be able to provide assistance with purchasing needed materials. For more information or to register to see if Hands of Hope can help with your project, go to www.bridgeofgrace.net or call Pastor Scott Johnson at 651-226-1753.

Center City Art expo

Some $500 in cash prizes will be awarded to winners of the first annual Vilhelm Moberg two-day art expo planned as part of Center City Days, Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2.  The first prizewinner in acrylic or oil painting, drawing, or a similar art expression will receive $250 with lesser amounts awarded to other winners.

Prizewinning categories include the Karl Oskar Award, Per Andersson Honorarium, Anders Svensson Honorarium, Frank Mobeck Honorarium, Andrew Wallmark Honorarium, and Daniel Lindstrom Honorarium.  All are historic persons representing nearby villages, and all entries must reflect the historic or cultural nature of the Chisago Lakes Area.

Framed art will be displayed indoors within the business places of cooperating owners. A $10 registration fee will be required, and artists may choose to add their work to the silent auction Aug. 2.

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